Leadership

Oregon Episcopal School is fortunate to have a team of leadership professionals who carry on our tradition of excellence. Meet our Administrative Team, Board of Trustees, and Alumni Council.

Board of Trustees

The Rt. Rev. Michael Hanley

The Rt. Rev. Michael Hanley

Chairman of the OES Board
Bishop of Oregon, Episcopal Diocese of Oregon

Trustee Since: 2009

Committees: Board Operations, Governance

Biography: The Rt. Rev. Michael Hanley grew up in Oklahoma and in New York City. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma, and both a MDiv and DMin from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.

Before being elected the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon, Michael served parishes in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Minnesota. He is known as a supportive mentor to people of all ages and stages of life, with a deep spiritual center. In a recent sabbatical he completed the 500-mile walking pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella, Spain, with his daughter. In his spare time he has been a storyteller, performing for schools, churches, and other civic groups. He and his wife Marla Martin Hanley are the proud parents of two adult daughters.

Elizabeth Gewecke

Elizabeth Gewecke

OES Board President
Community Leader

Trustee Since: 2011

Committees: Board Operations (Chair), Governance, Finance & Sustainability, Investment, Mt. Hood Climb Observance

Biography: Elizabeth Gewecke brings to the board her extensive experience in business management. Before coming to Oregon, she was a product manager for a number of firms in the Silicon Valley including Yahoo! and Intuit. A graduate of Stanford University, she earned an MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration. She is a stay-at-home mom and has volunteered at OES with the Community Diversity Link, the OES Fund Leadership Committee, and Teacher Appreciation Planning Committee. She also has been a kindergarten PAL representative, class auction project coordinator, and room parent. Elizabeth and her husband, Thomas, have three children at OES.

Nancy Bryant

Nancy Bryant

OES Board Member
Community Leader

Trustee Since: 2017

Committees: Governance, Strategic Planning–Place

Biography: Nancy Bryant is a community leader and volunteer in the Portland area. She serves on the boards of the University of Portland and Providence St. Vincent Medical Foundation and has served on the boards of Jesuit High School, Portland Women’s Foundation, LifeWorks NW, and Stand for Children’s Oregon State Advisory Board. Originally hailing from Missouri, Nancy earned a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and an MBA from Eastern Michigan University. Her work experience is in the field of public relations. She and her husband Andy have three grandchildren at OES.

The Rev. Canon Robert Bryant

The Rev. Canon Robert Bryant

OES Board Member
Rector, St. John the Baptist Church

Trustee Since: 2003

Committees: Board Operations, Strategic Planning-Place

Biography: Robert H. Bryant became rector of St. John's in December 2002, after serving parishes in Capitola and Mill Valley, California. He earned his BA from the College of William & Mary and his MDiv from Nashatah House Seminary in Wisconsin, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1988. In the Diocese of Oregon, Robert has chaired the Commission on Liturgy & Music, as well as the Standing Committee. In 2011, he was appointed by Bishop Hanley to be Canon Theologian of the Diocese. In addition to his responsibilities at the parish and OES, Robert reaches out to the larger community by singing with the Portland Gay Men's Chorus.

Moira Buckley

Moira Buckley

OES Board Member
Vice President, Prudential Financial

Trustee Since: 2013

Committees: Governance (Co-Chair)

Biography: Moira Buckley has enjoyed a dynamic career in financial services. She joined Prudential Financial in 1993 and currently serves as Vice President, Administration. She has a BS in criminology from Southern Oregon University. Moira has been a board member for Youngset Cooperative Preschool and a trustee for the SIDS Foundation of Oregon. She and her husband, Mike, have three children at OES.

Tabon Chang

Tabon Chang

OES Board Member
Owner, Chang's Mongolian Grill

Trustee Since: 2017

Committees: Finance & Sustainability

Biography: Tabon Chang owns and operates Chang’s Mongolian Grill restaurants in Oregon. Born in Taiwan, he emigrated to the Portland area along with his family at the age of five. He earned his bachelor’s in marketing from Oregon State University. Tabon enjoys golfing, skiing, and spending time traveling with his family. He and his wife Soolynn have two children at OES.

Dan Drinkward '95

Dan Drinkward '95

OES Board Vice President
Vice President, Hoffman Construction

Trustee Since: 2014

Committees: Board Operations, Facilities (Chair), Strategic Planning-Place (Chair)

Biography: Dan Drinkward is an alumnus of the OES class of 1995. After OES, he attended Santa Clara University and is currently a vice president with Hoffman Construction. Dan has remained active as a leader at OES, having served as president of the Alumni Council and as a member of the Lower School building oversight and campaign committees. He also serves on the board of directors of the Oregon Symphony Association. Dan and his wife Kathleen Drinkward have one daughter in the OES Lower School.

Paul Ehrlich

Paul Ehrlich

OES Board Member
General Counsel, Global Brands & Americas, adidas

Trustee Since: 2017

Committees: Audit, Investment

Biography: Paul Ehrlich is General Counsel, Global Brands & Americas, for adidas. Prior to joining adidas in 1998, Paul worked as a deputy district attorney in Multnomah County and at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. He also teaches a course in sports law at Lewis & Clark Law School. Paul earned a BS from the University of Oregon and a JD from the University of Notre Dame Law School. Paul’s wife, Hillary Day Ehrlich, is founder and owner of Hillary Day Design. The Ehrlichs have two children at OES.

Mary Lou Green

Mary Lou Green

OES Board Vice President
Healthcare Client Service Lead, Slalom Consulting

Trustee Since: 2015

Committees: Board Operations, Audit

Biography: Mary Lou Green is a consulting leader in the healthcare practice at Slalom. She previously served as the chief operating officer of CoverOregon, as well as in a number of healthcare process improvement and strategic planning roles, including roles at Kaiser Permanente Northwest and Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She earned a BS in psychology and human development from Cornell University and a MHA from the University of Minnesota. She has volunteered as third grade PAL representative and was the 2014–15 Lower School PAL chair. She is a member of the CARES Northwest development committee and the National Charity League. Mary Lou and her family are proud attendees and members at Trinity Cathedral. She and her husband, Trent, have two children at OES.

Pamela Hummelt

Pamela Hummelt

OES Board Member
Community Leader

Trustee Since: 2014

Committees: Facilities

Biography: Pam Hummelt has a strong background in architecture, project management, and community leadership. She received a BA in urban studies from Stanford University and a MArch from the University of Oregon. She practiced architecture for many years, working on buildings in both campus and urban settings: libraries, museums, theaters, and academic facilities. Pam has served on the boards of Ainsworth Elementary School and the Racquet Club. She currently sits on the steering committee for Women of Good Samaritan and on the board of the National Charity League. She volunteers at many school events and in the community. Pam and her husband, Fritz, have two children at OES. The Hummelts attend Ascension Episcopal Parish.

Adam Kobos '91

Adam Kobos '91

OES Board Member
Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP

Trustee Since: 2013

Committees: Audit (Chair), Governance, Strategic Planning-Place

Biography: Adam Kobos is a partner at Troutman Sanders LLP. He graduated from OES in 1991, and then earned a BA from Amherst, an MA from Harvard University, and a JD from Stanford University. Adam was recognized as one of Portland Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 honorees for 2013. Adam served on the OES Alumni Council from 2008–10 and on the OES Mission & Vision Committee in 2011–12. He and his wife, Betty, have two children at OES.

Brad Lawliss

Brad Lawliss

OES Board Member
Director of Finance, Project^

Trustee Since: 2015

Committees: Investment

Biography: Brad Lawliss is the director of finance at Project^, a real estate development company in Portland. Prior to Project^, he was the director of sales for NWNGS, LLC, a subsidiary of NW Natural. He previously served as a senior financial analyst for Gerding Edlen, and as an associate director at Bear Stearns. He attended The Lawrenceville School and earned his undergraduate degree from Lehigh University. He is a trustee on the Oregon College of Art & Craft Foundation board. Brad and his wife Carrie have three children, one an OES alumna and two current students.

The Very Rev. Nathan LeRud

The Very Rev. Nathan LeRud

OES Board Member
Dean of Trinity Episcopal Church

Trustee Since: 2017

Committees: Governance

Biography: Nathan LeRud is the dean of Trinity Episcopal Church. He served congregations in Washington, New York, and New Jersey before coming to Trinity in 2009 as assistant to the dean, then canon for spiritual formation at Trinity in 2012. He holds a BA in English and theater from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, and an MDiv from the General Theological Seminary in New York City. Nathan has previously served on the boards of Northwest Pilot Projects and Listening Hearts Ministries as well as a number of diocesan committees. A fifth-generation Oregonian and native Portlander, Nathan and his husband, James Joiner, also an Episcopal priest, live in southeast Portland.

Malcolm McIver '82

Malcolm McIver '82

OES Board Treasurer
President, Commerce Properties

Trustee Since: 2010

Committees: Board Operations, Finance & Sustainability (Chair), Investment

Biography: Malcolm McIver is president of Commerce Properties, a family-owned real estate investment company. He also has worked for Temple, Barker & Sloane Management Consulting in Boston, and for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in Tokyo. He has served as board chair for The Salvation Army in Portland. A graduate of Lincoln High School, he majored in economics at Dartmouth College and received an MBA in marketing from UCLA. He and his spouse, Rico, have two children at OES. Malcolm has been an assistant basketball coach for the OES Lower School teams.

Georgina Miltenberger

Georgina Miltenberger

OES Board Secretary
Attorney and Co-Owner, Berkey | Miltenberger LLC

Trustee Since: 2016

Committees: Board Operations, Governance (Co-Chair)

Biography: Georgina Miltenberger is co-owner of the law firm Berkey | Miltenberger LLC, where her focus is family law litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and special education law. She earned her BA from Hollins University and her JD from Penn State University. Prior to law school, she worked for a federal advisory committee to the secretary of energy and taught English to children and adults in rural Japan. Georgina and her husband, Doug, have two children at OES. She most recently served as chair of the OES Fund. She has also served as a room parent and Lower School VolunteerSpot manager, on the Auction Committee, and Steering Committee for Open Up: The Campaign for OES. The Miltenberger family are members of the Ascension Episcopal Parish.

Alicia Morissette

Alicia Morissette

OES Board Member
Community Leader

Trustee Since: 2017

Committees: Governance

Biography: Alicia has been an active OES volunteer for more than 15 years. In addition to serving as Parent Community Link (PCL) chair from 2013–15, Alicia's volunteer work at OES includes serving as LS PAL chair, as a PAL grade rep in all three divisions, and currently on the Governance Committee. Alicia attended the University of Oregon and Portland State University, earning a BS in Biology. She and her husband Don are the parents of two alumni and two current OES students.

Christopher Riser

Christopher Riser

OES Board Member
Teacher, Portland Public Schools

Trustee Since: 2015

Biography: Chris Riser is a sixth through eighth grade humanities teacher for Portland Public Schools. He earned both his BA in history and MEd from Portland State University. He is also a graduate of the Portland Teachers Program at Portland Community College, a program designed to recruit and retain culturally competent educators. Chris previously served as the Primary PCL rep. He and his wife, Corie Murphy-Riser, have three children at OES.

Nathan Schwalbach

Nathan Schwalbach

OES Board Member
Vice President of Operations, Northwest Self Storage

Trustee Since: 2012

Committees: Board Operations, Finance & Sustainability, Facilities, Investment

Biography: Nate Schwalbach is the vice president of operations at Northwest Self Storage, a self-storage real estate company with assets in Oregon and Washington. Previously, Nate’s real estate career included positions as managing director at Capital Pacific and executive vice president at Spensa Development Group. Nate also worked as vice president in the Seattle and Portland offices of Porter Novelli, an international public relations, public affairs, and advertising agency. He is an alumnus of Breck School in Minnesota and has a bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University. Nate and his wife, Mari, have two children at OES.

Kevin Walkush

Kevin Walkush

OES Board Member
Portfolio Manager, Jensen Investment Management

Trustee Since: 2016

Committees: Finance & Sustainability, Investment (Chair)

Biography: Kevin Walkush is a portfolio manager and owner at Jensen Investment Management. Prior to joining Jensen, Kevin was an equity research analyst for Morningstar. He has also held various finance and operational roles at Amazon and Weyerhaeuser. He earned his BS in chemical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and his MBA from the University of Michigan. Kevin and his wife, Jeanine Fukuda, have two children at OES.

Jess Wetsel

Jess Wetsel

OES Board Member
President, The Wetsel Company

Trustee Since: 2017

Committees: Finance & Sustainability

Biography: Jess Wetsel is the president of The Wetsel Company, an investment management company in the restaurant and retail industries. Previously, he was the CEO of Lambert Gardens, a nationally acclaimed landscape architecture, design-build, and maintenance company in Dallas, Texas. He earned a BS in philosophy and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin. Jess and his wife Andrea fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and relocated their family from Dallas to Portland in 2004. They have two daughters at OES.

Mo Copeland

Mo Copeland

Head of School, Oregon Episcopal School
Ex officio

Mo Copeland is head of school at Oregon Episcopal School in Portland, Oregon. Prior to joining OES in 2011, she was the Upper School head, then head of school at Saint George’s in Spokane. She also served as dean of faculty at Lakeside School in Seattle. Before becoming an administrator, Mo taught physics and math for nearly 20 years at Lakeside, Moses Brown School, and Putney School.

Mo is a national leader in independent school administration. She chaired the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS) from 2007–09 and currently sits on its Accreditation Committee. She also serves on the Commission on Accreditation for National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and on the boards of Reed College, High Mountain Institute, and Victory Academy. Mo earned her BA in physics from Reed College. Her two sons, products of independent school education, live in California. She and her husband, Chris, love the outdoors, spending as much time there as possible, hiking, camping, running, and cycling.

Ben Chessar '95

Ben Chessar '95

President, OES Alumni Council; Ex officio, OES Board of Trustees
Vice President of Asset Management, Pac Trust
Hilary O'Hollaren

Hilary O'Hollaren

Ex officio; Chair, OES Parent Community Link
Community Leader

Administrative Team

Mo Copeland

Mo Copeland

Titles: Head of School
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Phone Numbers:
School: 503-768-3111
Peter Kraft

Peter Kraft

Titles: Associate Head of School, Upper School History Teacher
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School: 503-416-9310
Asha Appel

Asha Appel

Titles: Head of Upper School
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School: 503-768-3121
Phillip Craig

Phillip Craig

Titles: Head Chaplain, Lower School Chaplain, All-School Service Learning Coordinator, Lower School Religion Teacher
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School: 503-768-3138
Susan Gundle

Susan Gundle

Titles: Director of Admissions & Financial Aid
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School: 503-768-3165
David Lowell

David Lowell

Titles: Head of Lower School
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School: 503-768-3141
Liz MacDonell

Liz MacDonell

Titles: Director of Advancement
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School: 503-768-3181
Gretchen Reed

Gretchen Reed

Titles: Chief Financial Officer
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School: 503-768-3131
Ann Sulzer

Ann Sulzer

Titles: Head of Middle School
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School: 503-768-3124
Jon von Behren

Jon von Behren

Titles: Director of Facilities
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School: 503-768-3161

Alumni Council

Ben Chessar '95

Ben Chessar '95

Class of 1995
President, OES Alumni Council; Ex officio, OES Board of Trustees
Vice President of Asset Management, Pac Trust
Laura Axon

Laura Axon

Class of 1986
​Library Media Specialist, PPS
Nick Chessar

Nick Chessar

Class of 2007
Commercial Real Estate Broker, Norris & Stevens
Jordan Elliott

Jordan Elliott

Class of 1997
Vice President, NAI Elliott
Hedy Frye Donnelly

Hedy Frye Donnelly

Class of 1997
Community Leader
Samantha Hazel

Samantha Hazel

Class of 1989
Senior Attorney, McKinley Irvin
Annika Jensen Lamka

Annika Jensen Lamka

Class of 1990
PR Consultant, Startups and Venture Capital
Katherine Karafotias

Katherine Karafotias

Class of 1966
Administrative Assistant
Helen Kirschner Townes

Helen Kirschner Townes

Class of 1985
Director of Communications, French American International School
Travis Lazar

Travis Lazar

Class of 2007
Product Engineer, Intel
Kirsten Midura

Kirsten Midura

Class of 2004
Partner and Co-Founder of Anchor Blue, LLC and Owner of Midura Travels
Chuck Reynolds

Chuck Reynolds

Class of 1969
Partner, Thomas & Reynolds P.C.
Tara Sorensen Witt

Tara Sorensen Witt

Class of 1992
Marketing Consultant at Lighthouse Creative Inc.
Annie Warner

Annie Warner

Class of 1997
Global Communications Manager—Direct to Consumer, Nike
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